Tornado: American Red Cross

Last modified
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Description of App

Get your family and home ready for a tornado. The American Red Cross tornado app is the complete solution you need to understand and prepare for a tornado and all that comes with it. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to be ready!


  • Audible siren when NOAA issues a Tornado warning for any of your monitored locations letting you know when it’s time to go to your safe room plus an all-clear alert when the warning expires
  • Simple step-by-step instructions to help you know what-to-do even if the cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before, during, and after requires no mobile connectivity
  • Help distant friends and family in tornado alley with ability to receive tornado watch and warning alerts based on their location from NOAA
  • Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most
  • Be ready should a tornado hit by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation
  • Reduce your household’s stress and anxiety should a tornado hit by learning to make and practice an emergency plan
  • Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your tornado knowledge
  • Know how many tornadoes have occurred in your area
  • Know the difference between a watch and a warning
  • Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages
  • Simply let friends/family know you’re safe with customizable “I’m Safe” notification sharable thru social media, text and email
  • Let others know where you are with the Toolkit’s strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

This app is mostly accessible. There are five tabs that are at the bottom. They are Prepare, Test, Tornado’s, Shelters, and More. The Prepare tab shows you how to prepare for a tornado, and it also tells you what to do before and after the storm. The test tab allows you to test your knowledge on tornados. Some of the sliders are not seen by VoiceOver here. For example when I took the first test, it asked me how many days should a person have water, and VoiceOver did not allow me to select an option. However, the rest of the first test did work with VoiceOver because there were checkboxes. The Tornados Tab allows you to select your location and you can set up alerts in that tab as well. The Shelters Tab allows you to find a shelter if your place was hit by a Tornado. Finally, The More tab takes you to other resources of the Red Cross, such as donating blood or to read the license agreement

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments

I recommend that everybody in the United States get this app, especially those who live in tornado alley. Right now is the time to get your tornado plan in place because tornado season is just around the corner!


1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Ernie Segura 8 years 7 months ago


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